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beethonin / Tony Munoz 15 days ago
The time has come to change my reference monitors in my home studio. With a maximum budget of ? 500, according to you, what would be the best options?


   

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bdbutler   commented 15 days ago


While I have not tried them yet...the Kali LP series have been getting a lot of great reviews. I am also looking at the iLoud micro monitors from IK.

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RickyD   commented 15 days ago


I got a deal on Focus monitors and I love them!!!

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liljoe6string   commented 15 days ago


What did you have before? I have small krk's and one has started buzzing.. i will ck out the focus.. what model did you get?

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RickyD   commented 15 days ago


Focal Alpha 50 List was $349 each but Guitar Center made me a deal because they weren't supposed to have them for sale yet. I think I paid $500. I LOVE them!

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sriracha   commented 15 days ago


yamaha HS{5,7,8} if you can afford them. Go pro with those. I've got the HS80M's, the previous version. Love them.

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liljoe6string   commented 15 days ago


will scan those to.. thanks

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beethonin   commented 14 days ago


I have decided on these, I think it is a good option. Thanks to all. https://www.thomann.de/es/yamaha_hs_7_mp.htm

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PeteConz   commented 14 days ago


nice

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HumblePuppet   commented 14 days ago


A pair of JBL SR 8 serving me really well for past 4 years ?.

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DonnieAlan   commented 14 days ago


I would go with anything JBL. For example a pair of these would fit your budget: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LSR306MK2--jbl-306p-mkii-6.5-inch-powered-studio-monitor Another good option are these M-Audios. They sound suprisingly good for the price: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BX5D3--m-audio-bx5-d3-5-inch-powered-studio-monitor Or these: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BX5D3--m-audio-bx5-d3-5-inch-powered-studio-monitor All within your budget and all would sound great, in my opinion. I am biased to JBL's because that's what I have. I have a pair of the JBL LSR 4326's, and I have never regretted the choice. They are clear, even, and solid.

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JohnRick   commented 14 days ago


I too use the Yamaha HS80 since years back. Excellent all the way.

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RobAsh15   commented 13 days ago


A few years back I bought a set of Mackie MR8 MK2's new, for about $700 US. They sounded magnificent. Everything I had been led to believe they would be. But, after less than 4 months, they developed wiring issues that eventually led to one speaker stopping functioning altogether. I never did get them looked at. It wasn't a money thing. I was just disgusted that I had spent so much and gotten so little from a serious brand name item. That's the kind of performance we used to expect from Peavey equipment in the 80's when the company was still young. I went back to using my first studio monitors, which I bought new in 2010. Those are a set of IKey Audio 808 v2's I bought at Guitar Center. I bought two of them for less than $425 US. The purchase of the Mackie's had been a vanity purchase pure out. I had some money. I decided to up my equipment in the studio. The thing was, there was nothing wrong with my monitors. My 808's have taken the pounding of hard rock and NWBHM era heavy metal (not to mention I'm also a gamer and have used them for that as well!) for more than a decade. Excellent tone and clarity, tons and tons of power. The Mackie's were sexy, no doubt, but I had no real reason to replace my 808's. They are back in place. Still loud and crystal clear. A bit dusty and a touch banged up after more than a decade of use, but still rocking strong. Every knob and function still works like new. Cones are still solid. These speakers are no longer being made, apparently. But I found them available by online order NEW at at least a few locations. They are still available in the UK for about each: $210 BP... or is it still Euros? Whatever the case... If you can find them, I consider this to be one of the easiest recommendations I can make, for any kind of musical equipment. No other piece of equipment I have used in the last 20 years has served me more reliably. Okay, there was that cheap little Yamaha 32 bit interface that worked perfectly and forever (still works!), but that's another story.

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PabloGabriel   commented 13 days ago


Jbl 308 or M-audio Bx8(pair) - more- Auratone or Behritone or Mix cube (avantone) only one, of these last only one, not the pair . Be careful with the size of your room, since if it is small, the 8-inch monitors will not be useful.

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RobAsh15   commented 13 days ago


Yeah... room is 10' by 18'... loud playback on the monitors is 5. Listening level is more like 2.5, with reference checks at perhaps 3. That's in Windows Media Player. I'd describe levels instead but it would be meaningless without a common set of listening standards. They also work well for back yard cook-out parties.

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liljoe6string   commented 13 days ago


"They also work well for back yard cook-out parties" HA!

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RobAsh15   commented 13 days ago


lol... Meant that to be funny. So glad it made you laugh. The point is well made, I concede. If you have a small room, 8 inch monitors (mine are 125 watts powered) may be too much.

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RobAsh15   commented 13 days ago


Joe, The worst part of having any kind of beef between you and me is that, like almost everyone else here, I am smitten with the persona you have presented here on Kompoz. I have no problem with you, including with your politics. I only think that neither you, nor I, nor anyone else should speak of politics here. Enough of the world is unavoidably ugly and angry. No need to bring more of that to a place that can otherwise serve has a haven for us all. I speak these words to myself as loudly as to you. I will miss not making songs with you, if that is how it is to be. I will miss not engaging with you socially here, if that is how it is to be. Just know that, for my part, I would have it be otherwise. I am not your enemy.

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RobAsh15   commented 13 days ago


Incidentally, the Mackie's were clearly too much for the room. At 200watts, they were seriously loud. To the point that the response at lower levels suffered in my music room in comparison to the IKey Audio monitors at 125 watts each. In other words, a "1" on the IKey monitors is a solid, comfortably listenable level. On the Mackie's it was almost inaudible. On the Ikey's, the volume grows steadily from one to ten (I guess... never had them above 60% output, ever). On the Mackie's it seemed to grow slowly from one to three, then rapidly from three to six, wherein the monitors seems to pick up about 60-70% of their total loudness output. So lower levels were far less usable for mixing than on the IKey's. For what it's worth.

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GELECTRIC   commented 13 days ago


mmm... I luv my Mackie HR824's with a matching woof...sorry

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liljoe6string   commented 13 days ago


Man were coo! Music first everything else second!

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Nimrod   commented 13 days ago


Liljoe6string the NPC that will be rich Stay away from the grey light Joe away from the grey light!!! https://tinyurl.com/ya357bn5

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liljoe6string   commented 13 days ago


Im holding you responsible for my SORE RIBS!!

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RobAsh15   commented 13 days ago


I think I understand that first line. Two and three are above my paygrade I think. I'll take what I can get. Think I'll go have some breakfast for dinner.

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liljoe6string   commented 13 days ago


theres nothing better than breakfast for dinner or lunch or all three

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beethonin   commented 12 days ago


Thanks for the comments. I was also evaluating the possibility of the Mackey, but during the time that I worked in a television studio, the sound technician did nothing but repeat that the Mackey "colored" the sound, that is, they enhanced the treble too much. For this reason and your comments I have opted for the Yamaha. They have a total power of 90 watts, I hope it is a good choice. If you want when I try them for a few days I can give you my opinion.

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PeteConz   commented 12 days ago


definitely! Have to hear back on satisfaction/fulfilled expectations rating.

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Brianjay   commented 12 days ago


My small studio speakers went : 1 : Mackie. Loved the sound. One stopped sounding after a year. went to get them fixed and was told that it isn't worth the cost. Crisp sound though, if a little too trebely, so was pushing up the bass to compensate. 2 : Alesis. Very disappointed. Flumpy bass, so was pushing up the trebles to try and balance things out. Gave thgem away. 3 : Yamaha HS Excellent all round. Neutral sound so the best for mixing. Buy cheap buy twice. I bought 3 times. Big mistake. Disclaimer : I am in no way a mix engineer and in all honesty, I don't really know what I'm doing half the time. I just try things out. When I went to a semi pro studio, the difference was huge. I can hear a track now and know if it is a demo done at home or professional for the most part. i envy good sound engineers, their talent and gear.

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beethonin   commented 8 days ago


I have already received my new Yamaha monitors. The first impression when you take them out of the box is that they have a nice and robust design, with its white cone in the subwoofer and the Yamaha symbol illuminated when they are on. I have to test them longer but the first impression is that they have a very defined sound although they may have a certain tendency towards bass even having the + 2dB treble adjustment switch (this may be a problem in the room intended for my Homestudio). Even so, I expected a colder and more impersonal sound and it was the opposite. I will count on you with the daily work and more impressions. Thanks.

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PeteConz   commented 8 days ago


I had Tannoy 402s, actually pretty darn good for my small room acoustic room from hell. Picked up Presonus Eris 5s and like them a lot. Sold the Tannoy pair only because there wasn't enough diff for this room's usable range. Wanted to be able to hear more lows so I added T8 sub. Useful I think only because I have Sonarworks to get somewhat flat room EQ at the listening position. If i back up 2 feet the subs go through the roof. (fault of the room dimensions, not much to be done about it. This is with 4" rockwool in corners and 2" at reflection points, so somewhat treated cube from hell.